Purdue shooting suspect may use insanity defense in trial

Cody Cousins, 24, walking from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse where he was granted a new attorney Thursday, May 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The man accused of killing a Purdue student on campus earlier this year may use an insanity defense.

In Thursday’s hearing, the judge addressed Cody Cousins’ recently appointed public defender Kirk Freeman’s motion for expenditure of public funds. On the list was a mental health assessment.

The judge granted the expenses for the evaluation and treated the request as a notice of insanity defense. That means the defense has the option to use the defense of insanity during trial. Cousins will be evaluated by two psychiatrists or psychologists from the Wabash Valley Alliance.

If Cousins does not cooperate with the medical witnesses appointed by the court, evidence from any other medical witnesses may not be used as evidence. In court last week, Cousins said he is taking medicine for schizophrenia.

Freeman also wants Cousins’ trial moved out of Tippecanoe County. Prosecutor Pat Harrington said the state needs more time to respond to the change of venue request. Another hearing on that will be at a later date.

Cousins’ trial date is still set for Oct. 6 in Tippecanoe County.

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